It was all about getting Bachmann, apparently.
The Minneapolis hotel tycoon and multi-millionaire gearing up for a rematch against Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., suspended his campaign Friday, proclaiming 'mission accomplished' to oust the tea-party favorite from Congress two days after she announced she wouldn’t seek re-election.
Jim Graves lost to Bachmann last year in a close race.
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The Democrat told the Minnesota Post: “Basically, after all that’s gone on, and with Michele Bachmann now stepping down, I’ve been talking to my friends and family and frankly, the feeling is, ‘Mission Accomplished.’ She wasn’t representing the people of the 6th District appropriately, and now she won’t be representing them. There’s no way anyone could run and win who would be worse than Michele Bachmann. So we accomplished that task.”
Graves also took the opportunity to demonize Bachmann, claiming that, unlike her, he believes in civility, truthfulness and compromise.
The conventional wisdom among analysts is Graves stood less of a chance against a more moderate opponent in the Republican-leaning Sixth District that he would have against the strong-principled Bachmann.